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Reading stabbings suspect charged with three counts of murder

A 25-YEAR-OLD man arrested after three men were stabbed to death in a Reading park has been charged with their murders.

Khairi Saadallah (pictured), of Reading, was also charged with the attempted murders of three other men who were wounded in Forbury Gardens.

The June 20 attack was later declared a terrorist incident. The defendant is due to appear at Westminster magistrates’ court today.

Friends James Furlong, 36, Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, 39, and 49-year-old Dr Dave Wails all died from single stab wounds. The charges were put to Saadallah shortly before a candle-lit vigil was streamed live on Saturday to remember the three men.

Counter Terrorism Policing South East, the regional unit responsible for co-ordinating the counter terrorist response, confirmed the charges.

A spokesman for the unit said: ‘The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised officers to charge Khairi Saadallah with three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder.

‘The charges come following an investigation into an incident at Forbury Gardens, Reading, on June 20, where a number of people were stabbed. Three people were killed and died at the scene and a further three people were taken to hospital for treatment for their injuries. They have since been released from hospital.’

Saadallah came to the UK from Libya in 2012. He originally claimed asylum and was given leave to remain in 2018.